Penbe to stay put despite offers
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
GALATASARAY look set to keep hold of international midfielder Ergun Penbe, despite strong interest from England and Scotland.
Penbe, who operates anywhere down the left, caught the eye during the World Cup finals with a string of impressive displays and his future is now under serious consideration.
His agent Ali Guven spoke exclusively with planetfootball.com about his client and what the future holds for him.
"I am meeting with Galatasaray and they are looking to sign him on further few years, we are not looking to England just yet."
The 30-year-old international is one of Gala's stalwarts, having been a first-team regular for the past eight years.
Gala are not desperate to sell Penbe and unlike the last few years, are now in a position to hang on to their most prized assets.
Despite this, Guven has admitted to holding talks with British clubs.
"I have spoken with Bobby Robson at Newcastle, Liverpool, Spurs and Glasgow Rangers about Penbe.
"I even meet with Rangers - they wanted him, but he wanted $2 million dollars which they did not want to pay.
"He is a very big player in Turkey he plays in all the international games and in all the Champions League.
"The normal qualities Penbe has, is what you would find in England.
"Galatasaray want Penbe to play for them, they do not want to lose him.
"Money is not important, the size of the club is the important thing. Fatih Terim [Gala coach] has told me that Penbe is very important for him."